I almost feel like there’s been a little theme of escapism on my blog (Best Outlets for Escapism here) and that’s probably because it’s been a while since I’ve been on a trip and in the least spoilt-sounding way possible, I get very antsy when I stay in the same place for too long. I like to take at least little trips here and there, or road trips, weekends away, anything. Obviously a love for travel is a huge reason why we may want to leave our current surroundings, but sometimes if you dig a little deeper, there can be things in our lives that we’d really like to leave behind and the most logical thing to do seems like it’s just to escape- even for a little while. When I find myself feeling that way, here’s what I do:
Even though I would still happily jump on a plane anywhere if someone offered me the chance, I am way more content and happy staying put than I’ve ever been before. The main thing I’ve realised that’s made this shift in me is that currently, I am doing something I have always wanted to do, something I truly love. It makes me excited to get up in the morning and that excitement carries on throughout the day and into the night as well, through one week to the next.
To be honest, I’ve liked and really liked a lot of things I’ve done in my life but I’ve never really had this feeling before. Not to sound overdramatic, but having something (that’s not a person) in my life that I truly love has fixed a lot of ‘problems’ I’ve had, not just feeling the need to escape. So if you’re finding things are getting a bit much for you, or like you want to escape quite often and you don’t know what to do with those feelings, spend time on you. Spend time trying different things, hobbies, jobs, activities, friends, whatever. Find an area in your life that you truly love and focus that, or find a job you truly love and want to pursue and work toward that. It’s incredible how much of a difference it can make, especially if you’re feeling like you want to escape.
I think part of why I love travelling so much, aside from the actual travelling and seeing new cultures part, is how different I am. I know for some people their anxieties and difficulties can increase or worsen when they’re away from home, but for some reason, it works opposite for me. When I travel and escape my home surroundings, I become more carefree, more spontaneous, less worried and more relaxed. As a way to handle wanting to escape, try doing something that’s unlike you. Do something you’d never do, pretend like you are overseas or on a trip even though you’re not. Pretend like you’re on a relaxing vacation/holiday even if you’re not. I think you’ll find that by doing this you’ll surprise yourself, even if it is just induced by a placebo-like situation.
A small note on this one, but sometimes when you’re really feeling the need to escape, you gotta talk it out. Your mental health is so so important and if you ever do just feel the need to escape from it all, don’t bottle those feelings up. You may have a friend or family member that’s feeling the exact same way and maybe they really want to talk about it as well. Sometimes those feelings pass quickly, but sometimes they can linger for weeks, even months (maybe even years) where you want to escape. Just don’t forget to look after yourself and your mind more than anything else, do what you need to do to keep your mind in a good place- you know? If that means literally getting on a plane and taking a trip somewhere, then just bloody do it.